\ ˈdāl How to pronounce dale (audio) \

Definition of dale

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: valley, vale went riding over hill and dale


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\ ˈdāl How to pronounce Dale (audio) \

Definition of Dale (Entry 2 of 3)

Sir Henry Hallett 1875–1968 English physiologist


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Definition of Dale (Entry 3 of 3)

Sir Thomas died 1619 English colonial administrator in Virginia

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Synonyms for dale

Synonyms: Noun

dene [British], hollow, vale, valley

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Examples of dale in a Sentence


the beautiful hills and dales of our county a hunting lodge in a secluded dale in the country

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hike along the River Swale, discovering waterfalls and enchanting hamlets tucked in among the dales. National Geographic, "Hiking England Coast to Coast," 12 June 2019 Harrogate is 25 miles from the village of Haworth, where the Brontë family lived, and both are within easy reach of both the moors and the dales. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Young Families Embrace Living in ‘Wuthering Heights Country’," 9 Aug. 2018 Follow the arrows for Descanso Trail into a narrow dale shaded by oak trees, keeping a black mesh fence on your left. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "A shaded hike in La Cañada Flintridge that's perfect on a hot, sunny L.A. day," 10 Mar. 2018 The atypical placement of the bunkers was a function of the distinctive topography of the site — hummocks, gorges, hills and dales that slanted and dipped. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Bunkers at U.S. Open Course Give New Meaning to ‘Sand Hazard’," 14 June 2017 Unlike the miles of hiking trails that climb over hill and dale and greenways that twist and turn along the banks of rivers, rail trails are generally flat with long, gentle curves. Joseph A. O'brien Jr., courant.com, "A Guide To CT's Trails, Long And Short," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of dale


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dale


Middle English, from Old English dæl; akin to Old High German tal valley, Welsh dôl

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The first known use of dale was before the 12th century

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Kids Definition of dale

: valley

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